Epidural Steroid Injection
An Epidural Steroid Injection is an injection of local anesthetic (numbing medicine) and steroid medications such as Depo Medrol into the epidural space. The epidural space is located in the spine just outside the membrane that covers the spinal cord and nerve roots. This membrane is called the Dura Mater (dural membrane). Nerves travel through the epidural space to the back and into the legs. Inflammation of these nerve roots may cause pain in these regions due to irritation from a damaged disc or from contact with the bony structures of the spine.
The goal of an epidural steroid injection is to provide pain relief by reducing the inflammation of the nerve roots as they exit the spine. This is done by injecting an anti-inflammatory medicine into the epidural space.
The procedure can be performed throughout the spine at the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine levels.
Epidural Steroid Injections can be most helpful in alleviating or resolving patient's symptoms of neck or lower back pain.
Epidural Steroid Injections are almost always utilized as part of a comprehensive pain management program.